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Jake Tapper Talked Jimmy Kimmel Out of Telling Santorum Joke at Correspondents’ Dinner

Jake Tapper with Elizabeth Banks and Paul Rudd at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Jimmy Kimmel went on Howard Stern‘s radio show earlier this week and talked about some of the jokes he didn’t tell at last month’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

KIMMEL: I had some jokes about — like Rick Santorum. I said something like — well, I didn’t say it, but: Newt Gingrich’s campaign is so dead Mitt Romney wants to baptize it and Rick Santorum wants to put it in a jar and show it to his kids.

STERN: You didn’t want any abortion jokes?

KIMMEL: People went like, uh-oh. I ran it by people who go to this thing.

STERN: Who do you run it by?

KIMMEL: There’s a guy named Jake Tapper at ABC News, I ran jokes by him. He’s been there a lot of times. There are a few other people — reporters.

Tapper confirms, telling Yahoo’s Dylan Stableford, “I tried to help Jimmy with the temperature of the room. And yes, I thought that joke would cause the room to turn against him, perhaps even causing a stampede, with the Hilton getting in on the tar and feather concession.”

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